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Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Castletown

(Balla Cashtal)

The old capital of the island with a very long history as the the home of vikings, kings, and government. There is much to see and do in this historical coastal town.

Castletown sits on the site of an ancient volcano. The town was the capital of the island for hundreds of years. The government was run from within it before moving to Douglas and much of what the island is today started in this historical town.

Tracing its origins back to 1090, Castletown holds true as one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Its narrow streets and small fishing cottages prove this ancient past at every corner. The medieval Castle Rushen, once the home of kings and later government, still dominates the centre of town.

Fishing boats continue to fill the harbour, though Castletown saw the end of major commercial traffic to its port in the 1970's. The on going expansion of financial and industrial businesses in the area keep Castletown on the map as an important island town.


Events
Dates: Saturday 26 April 2014
Description: Coffee Morning. Port St Mary Ladies Lifeboat Guild are holding a Coffee Morning at Reayrt-y-Chrink from 10am until 12 noon. Entry £1. Cakes, raffle and Lifeboat souvenirs. Reayrt-y-Chrink, next to Thie Rosien, Castletown Road, Port Erin.
Dates: Friday 02 May 2014 - Monday 05 May 2014
Description: Mannin Quilters Exhibition. 12th Mannin Quilters Exhibition. Open 10am until 4.30pm, Sunday 12 noon until 4.30pm. Refreshments, free parking, sales table, tombola quilt-proceeds to chairty. Ballabeg Methodist Chapel, Main Road, Ballabeg, 01624628921.
Dates: Sunday 18 May 2014
Description: Castletown Festivals Picnic in the Park and Sports Day. A family fun event with sports, bouncy castles, fun sports, play area, fun stalls, childrens attractions and live music. Bring your own BBQ or picnic. Selection of Castletown Festival Queen 2014 (Castletown and Derbyhaven residents only eligible), also charity Frog Frolic Race (MAWCH). 1pm until 5pm. (Reserve date if inclement weather is Sunday 25th May). Poulsom Park, Off Victoria Road, Castletown, http://www.castletownfestival.im.
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Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)

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